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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Teamwork and cooperation. Negative consequences for lying.
Positive Role Models
Ash, Pikachu, and other characters learn to work together to conquer a seemingly insurmountable problem.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoon violence and peril. Frequent explosions during Pokémon battles. Pokémon sometimes take on exaggerated and demonic appearances during battles. Thick smoke threatens to engulf Fula City, leaving adults and kids trapped in aerial tramways. A Pokémon's feelings are constantly getting hurt by a man who doesn't want to be his friend.
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Mild taunting among three boys -- when one of them falls over, the other two laugh and tease him.
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Products & Purchases
Based on Pokémon franchise of games, toys, clothing, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us is a 2018 anime in which Ash, Pikachu, and his friends must find a way to work together in order to save Fula City. As the title implies, the story relies heavily on themes of teamwork and cooperation. Characters learn how to use their strengths for a shared purpose. One of the characters engages in lying and suffers the consequences. There's some cartoon violence: explosions and exaggerated and somewhat demonic Pokémon faces during heated battles. A Pokémon's feelings are constantly getting hurt by a man who doesn't want to be his friend. A group of boys laugh and make fun when other characters fall over or accidentally knock things over. There's some peril when thick smoke threatens to engulf Fula City, and adults and kids are trapped in an aerial tramway car. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like the other movies in the Pokémon franchise, this has the usual cast of thousands and the Pokémon who love said cast of thousands. While the multiple story threads can be difficult to follow at times, Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us finds a way to unite everyone through teamwork and cooperation that more or less makes sense, even if one of the story threads remains unaddressed until a brief scene shoehorned in after the credits. In other words, viewers who aren't Pokémon superfans are far less likely to get lost, confused, and inevitably disinterested in the story.
Even so, in terms of character backstories and setting histories, many adult viewers will have an easier time taking apart the novels of William Faulkner than they will the convoluted storylines contained in this movie. But for kids, there are plenty of exciting Pokémon battles and easy-to-understand positive messages. The anime melodrama is abundant, but so is the action. The result is one of the better movies in the series. Like the others, it's still best for the superfans, but it's possible that this movie might win some converts as well.
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